Review: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Title: Unbreakable {Legion #1}

Author: Kami Garcia

Published: Simon and Schuster October 2013

Status: Read from October 04 to 05, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

Though I never actually read Beautiful Creatures, I did watch the movie, which I enjoyed, and when the opportunity to read Unbreakable came up I couldn’t resist. This is the start of a new paranormal YA series by Kami Garcia featuring a group of teenagers who have inherited their position in the Legion, a centuries old secret society formed to fight evil. Kennedy Waters had no idea that the supernatural existed until a vengeance ghost killed her mom and then tried to kill her. Rescued by twin brothers, Lukas and Jared, Kennedy learns of the Legion inheritance they share, along with ‘Priest’ and Alara, and the demon, Aras, they must destroy.

Unbreakable sets a good pace, with plenty of action and tense moments, as first Kennedy and her mom are attacked and then as the Legion is confronted by more vengeful spirits as they hunt down the pieces of an ocular device which may help destroy Aras.

I like Garcia’s world building, Unbreakable is set in a contemporary time period where the supernatural remains hidden. The elements of good and evil, the Legion vs Aras, are quickly established with simple detail in a way that mostly avoids any info-dumping. Aras is capable of influencing spirits who can in turn possess animals, objects and places and the members of the Legion are essentially charged with exorcising spirits using charms, symbols, holy water, salt bullets or cold iron – whatever works.

The Legion members have grown up aware of their heritage, training and developing specialist skills, so Kennedy feels she is a liability, unable to offer the group anything. She can’t believe her mother led a double life, nor can she see the value of her rather singular talent, and as such is convinced she can’t possibly be who they think she is.
A huge part of Kennedy’s personality stems from being abandoned by her father at age five which leads to intermittent whining about not being special, everyone leaving her etc etc – the usual self centered teen angst.

This being YA, a love triangle is (sadly) inevitable, with twins Jared and Lukas both smitten by Kennedy. Thankfully it is played down somewhat as the characters are usually too busy ghost busting to gaze longingly at one another, but Kennedy does have a preference, a kiss is shared and love all but declared within days.

I do like the other characters in Unbreakable, particularly Priest who is the engineering geek and the youngest of the group at fifteen. Lukas and Jared are seventeen and gorgeous (of course). Lukas sees patterns in information (mathematics) while Jared is the weaponry expert. Alara, a trust fund baby, is familiar with voodoo, and the Legion’s specialist in alchemy. There is a lot of fleshing out required to develop these characters but the potential is there to be exploited.

Unbreakable is a good start for a new series and though I liked the plot more than the characters, overall it was a quick and entertaining read and I’m interested in what happens next.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn White (@KathrynsInbox)
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 22:15:44

    Sounds like an exciting new YA series.

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  2. 1girl2manybooks
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 18:55:58

    I haven’t read Beautiful Creatures either but I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed this. I think it’s because I haven’t read a lot of paranormal YA that deals with spirits/ghosts/poltergeists etc. It was different for me so I can’t wait for the next one.

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